This series of posts was inspired by Eric Pfeiffer, writing for Yahoo News, who reported, Air Force officer creates database of every U.S. bomb dropped since World War I. My goal is to make a point, which I will do in Part 4.
The project Pfeiffer writes about is called THOR: Theater History of Operations Reports. The officer compiling this database of every bomb dropped by the United States is Lieutenant Colonel Jenns Robertson.
In World War I, the US came late to the carnage. The war started in July 1914 and ended November 1918. The number of troops involved was huge. The Allied Powers, which included the United States starting in 1917, had almost 43 million troops while the Central Powers—Germany, Austria-Hungry, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria—had more than 25 million.
Almost ten million troops were killed and more than twenty million wounded.
After the War, Germany was left to rot and that led to the rise of Hitler’s Nazi Party and World War II.
However, after World War II, the US stationed troops in Germany and Japan, and almost seventy years later, the US military is still there.
What did that achieve? Germany is a democratic, parliamentary republic known as the Federal Republic of Germany. It is not a clone of the United States political system. In fact, Germany’s legal system is being used as a model to build China’s modern legal system.
The Germans practice a number of religions: Christianity is the largest with more than 48 million adherents (divided between Protestants and Roman Catholic). Almost 4% are Muslim (2.3%, are of Turkish origin and less than a third have German citizenship). There are 166,000 Jehovah Witnesses and more than 37,000 Mormons. Two-hundred thousand Jews still live in Germany, but before the Nazi’s there were about 600,000.
How about Japan?
Continued on August 2, 2012 in The Blood Price – Part 2
Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.
His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.
And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.
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